Edged Weapons Defence Courses

Our Edged Weapons Defence Courses provide both theory & practical defence that utilizes the bodies natural reactions. Achievable in situations of high conflict and nullifies the attacker as soon as possible.

The pre-learning theory element is required to be covered prior to attending the training day. This can be done by completing the online e-learning or by reading through a workbook. A theory assessment must also be completed prior to attending the practical course. This enables you to take the theory in at your own pace, as well as providing you with a good foundation for what will be covered during the practical course.

Our Aim

To have the most comprehensive Defence from Edged Weapons course available!

  • Provides both theory & practical defence
  • That utilizes the bodies natural reactions
  • Achievable in situations of high conflict
  • Nullifies the attacker as soon as possible
  • Fits the roles of Police/Security & Civilian/MA.
  • Utilizes prior training & preferences

Defence4 Edged Weapons Principles

Awareness of Knife Crime and Edged Weapons Attacks

Awareness of UK Knife Crime

UK Knife crime statistics, types of Edged Weapons, the Law on Self Defence and Knives.


Avoiding Knife Crime

Personal safety awareness, detecting knives (knife concealment) and defusing conflict.


Surviving Edged Weapons

Fairbairn’s original ‘Timetable of death’ and updates, types of bleed and First Aid treatment for bleeding.

Course Duration

The course is ½ day in duration or 2-3 hrs online including exam.

Assessment Method & Certification

The completion of a multiple choice question examination at the end of the course, (or at the end of the e-learning element). On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate of competence, through our ICM (Institute of Conflict Management) registered Quality Awards Centre, which is valid for 3 years.

Defence4 Edged Weapons Principles and Practice

Awareness of Knife Crime and Surviving Edged Weapons Attacks

Awareness of UK Knife Crime

UK Knife crime statistics, types of Edged Weapons, the Law on Self Defence and Knives.


Avoiding Knife Crime

Personal safety awareness, detecting knives (knife concealment) and defusing conflict.


Surviving Edged Weapons

Fairbairn’s original ‘Timetable of death’ and updates, types of bleed and First Aid treatment for bleeding.


Introduction to Knife Defence

Stances and postures of attackers, types of knife grips, cutting angles and types edged weapon attack.


Defensive Postures

How to protect vulnerable areas, traditional defensive stances, D4 ready stance & D4 defensive stance.


Counter Striking Areas

Target areas, your bodies natural weapons and priorities of target areas on an attacker.


Break Away/Self Defence skills

Target areas, your bodies natural weapons and priorities of target areas on an attacker.

Practical Knife Defence Skills

Continuum based on your role, techniques & concept elements for; defensive, striking, breakaway, locking/restraint, training & practice.

Course Duration

The course is 1½ day in duration (9 hours + exam) or 1 day in duration (6 hours + 2-3 hrs online including exam)

Assessment Method & Certification

The assessment will be by observation of the practical elements throughout the course and the completion of a multiple choice question examination at the end of the course, (or at the end of the e-learning element). On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate of competence, through our ICM (Institute of Conflict Management) registered Quality Awards Centre, which is valid for 1 year. Because of the deterioration of practical skills, we recommend a refreshing of practice on an annual basis.


Why train with us?

Short Courses

Just 3 hours for Principles or 6 hours for Principles & Practical (plus e-learning).

Specific Principles

The principles of your defence will be based on your job role and experience.

Easy to learn

The techniques are simple to learn, as they work with your natural reactions.

Accredited Courses

Certificated through our Registered ICM Quality Awards Centre.